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  • Provenance

    Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta; Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 1999

  • Exhibited

    Atlanta, Fay Gold Gallery, Keith Haring & Herb Ritts, December 2, 1989 - January 3, 1990

  • Catalogue Essay

    Like these drawings, the October 1989 collages Haring made using ripped-up gravure photographs from Herb Ritts pictures published in 1988 by Twin Palms, indicate that a new, more layered and textural direction was evolving in his work. In these collages, washes of paint and denser, less defined shapes supersede linear ideas. (Other collages from about the same time use scribbles and colors to transform a reproduction of the Mona Lisa into a kind of African mask.) He had first experimented with collage years before and intermittently returned to it in other works like the series Apocalypse.
    (Alexandra Anderson-Spivy, "Bathed in Heraclitan Fire: Reassing Keith Haring", 1995)

  • Artist Biography

    Keith Haring

    American • 1958 - 1990

    Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Keith Haring moved to New York City in 1978 at the age of 20 to study at the School of Visual Arts. By the early 1980s, Haring rose to prominence for his graffiti drawings made in the New York subways and streets. Alongside his friends Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, who he met at the SVA, Haring became a leading figure of the East Village art scene through the 1970s and 1980s.

    Best known for his cartoon-like imagery developed through bold lines and vibrant colors, Haring refined a visual language of symbols that simplified forms to their most essential elements. Exploring the themes of birth and death, sex and war, social inequality, and love, his art bridged the high and low, erasing the distinctions between rarefied art, political activism, and popular culture. Despite his tragically brief career, Haring created a universal visual language embraced throughout the world, and his works are housed in many major collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, and Nakamura Keith Haring Collection in Hokuto, Japan.

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Untitled (Mud Man)

Ink and gouache with Herb Ritts photo collage.
24 x 29 in. (61 x 73.7 cm).
Signed and dated "K. Haring, 05 Nov. 1989" on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Estate of Keith Haring.

$30,000 - 40,000 


17 December 2010
New York